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Planning and Zoning Coordinator

City of Fairburn

Listing Summary


 The Planning and Zoning Coordinator is a professional position and reports to the Planning and Zoning Director. The position is responsible for performing administrative and technical duties in support of the department’s planning and zoning operations. The Planning and Zoning Coordinator is also responsible for reviewing construction, planning, zoning, and permit applications for compliance with the relevant municipal ordinances, and for issuing them upon approval.

The Planning and Zoning Coordinator assists with maintaining the Zoning Ordinance, and research amendments to match the vision of the Fairburn City Council and Community. The Planning and Zoning Coordinator assists the Planning and Zoning Director in preparing staff reports, agendas, packets, and minutes for various boards and commissions meetings and assists in maintaining compliance with public hearing notification requirements.

This position has a primary focus on providing superior customer service to the citizens and customers of the City of Fairburn in handling a variety of issues. Incumbents in this classification must maintain professionalism and courtesy when exposed to stressful situations and may be assigned complex projects requiring independence of thought, initiative, and implementation.

SCHEDULE: Normal operating hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; 

       (schedule flexibility is available to accommodate the needs of the city).

Job Responsibilities/Duties

  • Assists in the preparation of staff analysis regarding various applications (e.g., variances, rezoning, use permits, zoning modifications); provides support for administrative and technical tasks related to planning and zoning and code administration functions; assists in the development of amendments to the zoning ordinances and other city regulations.
  • Provides technical information and assistance to the general public, professionals, appointed citizen boards, and other city staff regarding zoning classifications, ordinances, and plan-related information.
  • Accept permit applications; review for completeness and compliance with the ordinance; performs final site inspections for compliance with the approved development plans; attend Development Review Team meetings.
  • Review site development plans and plats for compliance with the city’s codes and ordinances and prepare comment letters. 
  • Assist with developing short and long-range plans; assist with interpreting and preparing data for studies, reports, and recommendations.
  • Provides administrative support as Secretary to the Board of Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Art Advisory Council as well as present zoning applications to the various boards; attends public meetings; maintain agendas and minutes; prepares and distributes legal notices to the print media and posting notices for public meetings; prepares copies of public hearing applications and ordinance and plan amendments.
  • Provide support for public events (e.g., community meetings, public hearings).
  • Assist with updating the department Web page and other platforms.
  •  Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning, architecture, engineering, or a closely related field or moderate experience in supporting planning staff in a public-sector agency or private consulting firm, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least four (4) years of experience in the fields of municipal planning, zoning, permitting, and/or land development.
  • GIS experience (highly preferred).
  •  Possess a valid Georgia driver’s license and maintain a satisfactory driving record.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities -

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and trends in planning, zoning, and land use.
  • Skill in the use of a personal computer and word processing, spreadsheet, database, and GIS software packages.
  • Skill in preparing and delivering public presentations as well as written communication; correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Ability to review site development plans and subdivision plats.
  • Ability to quickly become knowledgeable of the City's zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations.
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and complete duties to meet scheduled deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with individuals contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to assist with writing professional reports and make professional presentations with a clear command of the language and subject matter.
  • Ability to accurately analyze situations and professionally respond as necessary with solutions to problems and alternative courses of action.

Working Conditions


Work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or standing for brief periods of time.

Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds



Work is typically performed indoors in an office or business environment, with some exposure to the outside environment during site visits, inspections, presentations, and other associated events.

The City of Fairburn is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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